The buyer of Kurdish crude oil sitting off the coast of Texas is a company called Talmay Trading of the British Virgin Islands, CNBC has learned.
According to documents seen by CNBC, Talmay, using a London shipbroker, hired AET Offshore Services of Dallas, Texas, on July 17, 2014, to unload roughly 1 million barrels of crude in the United Kalavytra, currently located off the coast of Texas near Galveston.
Efforts to reach the ship broker were unsuccesful.
Talmay may never get custody of the oil because a Texas judge has ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo at the request of the Iraqi government.
The crude is controversial because the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq drilled and shipped the oil in defiance of the Iraqi central government, who says the shipment is a violation of the Iraqi constitution.